Henry David Thoreau Quotes

396 Henry David Thoreau quotes:

"It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination."
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"The man who is dissatisfied with himself, what can he do?"
"You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin, and even vagueness - ignorance, credulity - helps your enjoyment of these things."
Author: Thoreau Quotes Category: Nature Quotes Birds Quotes
"I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains. I do not wish to go below now."
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"Dreams are the touchstones of our character."
"What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook."
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"The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them."
"The heart is forever inexperienced."
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"The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency."
"Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth."
"Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something."
"Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame."
"I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilized."
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"That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves."
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"Is not disease the rule of existence? There is not a lily pad floating on the river but has been riddled by insects. Almost every shrub and tree has its gall, oftentimes esteemed its chief ornament and hardly to be distinguished from the fruit. If misery loves company, misery has company enough. Now, at midsummer, find me a perfect leaf or fruit."
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"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root."
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"The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness."
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"The words which express our faith and piety are not definite; yet they are significant and fragrant like frankincense to superior natures."
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"There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted"
Author: Thoreau Quotes Category: Goodness Quotes
"Knowledge does not come to us in details, but in flashes of light from heaven."
Author: Thoreau Quotes Category: Knowledge Quotes

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